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Brunch with Us

By Dana Saccoccio

Is there any better way to start your sunny Sunday than with a delicious blend of sweet and savory (with a side of mimosa, of course)? Indulge yourself this weekend and make your Saturday or Sunday morning something special. Take a drive to explore a few of our favorite places to brunch.


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This warm and welcoming eatery has a menu that is sure to satisfy the most extravagant brunchy desires. With locations in Cranston, East Greenwich and Narragansett, T’s has everything from thick slices of traditional Texas-style French toast to garden omelets stuffed with green papers, bell mushrooms and garden-fresh tomatoes. Take the family and enjoy your Sunday morning or afternoon at T’s. 1059 Park Ave., Cranston, 946-5900;  5600 Post Rd., East Greenwich, 398-7877; 91 Point Judith Rd., Narragansett, 284-3981.

Coast Guard House

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Experience the Ocean State’s coastline as you drive under the nearby Narragansett Casino’s historic castle-like archway. Stroll along the seawall until you meet a quaint white building adorned with a hanging anchor. With the Coast Guard House’s dual brunch/lunch menu, there’s something to settle the cravings of any foodie. Indulge in lobster scramble, where eggs laced with lobster will blow away your taste buds. They also have sumptuous dishes like sunny mac ‘n’ cheese and smoked salmon BLT. No matter what you choose, you can’t make a bad decision when it comes to brunch at the Coast Guard House. 40 Ocean Rd., Narragansett, 789-0700.

The Duck and Bunny

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In the heart of the Creative Capital, the Duck and Bunny makes every day Buncherday (okay, maybe we just made up Bruncherday, but it should be a thing). This trendy snuggery is home to a sweet menu that offers treats of all varieties. In addition to a wide array of teas and coffees, they make some deliciously refreshing (more…)

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Rhode Island Tattoos

By Chelsea Carney

Everyone from Rhode Island has a love/hate relationship with the state. We all want to move out at some point in our lives…but if we do, we end up moving back within a few years. It’s understandable; Lil’ Rhody is pretty cool when you think about it. If you’re a tattoo fanatic and want to show your love for our state, we’ve come up with a few RI-inspired ideas.



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Because the state is right next to the ocean, there’s a good chance you’ve gone sailing while you’ve lived here. It also means you probably have a love for the ocean. Having a small sailboat tattoo is a great way to pay tribute to your roots while still showcasing something you love.


An anchor

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This is the most common RI-themed tattoo on this list. With an anchor on our state flag, everyone knows Rhode Island and anchors go together like clam cakes and chowder. These tattoos can range from big to small and look great in any location (maybe not your forehead, though). And if you want to spice it up, add a rope in the shape of an infinity sign. It shows that no matter where you go, Rhode Island will forever be your home.



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Ah, the good ol’ four-oh-one. It’s the only area code in the state, and we all know someone that says “back in the 401” every single time they come back home. So if you’re that person, this would be a perfect tattoo for you.


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Your Guide to College Hill

Feeling nostaglic about your golden years spent in college? Whether you went to PC, RISD, Brown, Johnson and Wales or URI’s Providence campus, an afternoon spent strolling through College Hill’s scenic streets is sure to bring back memories. Even if you didn’t attend one of these fine educational institutions, you still will enjoy a day of rubbing shoulders with Rhode Island’s youth. Whether it be dining or fun, College Hill has it all.

RISD Museum of Art

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College is all about learning, and what better place to discover more about the world than a museum? Head over to the RISD Museum of Art, which houses a long-term collection containing more than 86,000 works of art. It also has a number of special exhibitions that showcase an array of cultures and media from contemporary clothing to ancient objects.  224 Benefit St., Providence, 401-454-6500,

2nd Time Around

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Thrifty college students are always looking for good deals, so why not join them in the hunt? Second Time Around offers top-name brands at affordable prices, and features frequent-buyer cards and online accounts so customers can track their sales in real time. With various locations throughout the Northeast, that frequent-buyer card might (read: definitely will) come in handy. 294 Thayer St., Providence, 401-455-2050,

East Side Pockets

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East Side Pockets is the quintessential college eatery: cheap, delicious and packed with cozy charm. It’s a place where drowsy college students’ and polished businessmen’s worlds mesh over falafel. And boy is it good falafel. Load your pocket with hummus, tzatziki, turnip pickles and your source of protein, including beef, lamb, chicken or falafel.  278 Thayer St.,  Providence, 401-453-1100,


Avon Cinema

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The Avon Cinema showcases a weekly indie film, which is usually shown at night. Our suggestion? Make an evening of it with dinner and a movie. Before the show, bask in the theater’s classic Art Deco architecture, which dates from its construtciont in 1938. They don’t make movie theaters like this anymore, folks. 260 Thayer St., Providence, 401-421-3315,

Kabob and Curry

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College is a chance to have some international experiences, and Kabob and Curry is a perfect opportunity. For dinner (or lunch for that matter), chow down on a lot more than just the title dishes: Try chicken korma, a lamb samosa or a variety of other dishes. Sip an Indian beer, enjoy some great quality food and admire the vibrant decor. 261 Thayer St, Providence, 401-273-8844,

Brown’s Grad Center Bar

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Finish off the night in classic college style: at a bar. The Grad Center Bar is open to all Brown students, present or past, but if you’re not lucky enough to call yourself an alum, you can pay a five dollar cover to get in. Enjoy affordable beers and play a game or two of pool. They also have a sizable collection of board games if that’s more your style. 90 Thayer St., Providence, 401-421-0270

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Celebrate National Beer Day Locally

For the smallest state, Rhode Island sure has a big brew scene. From the brewery-littered Blackstone Valley to the brewpubs of Providence, there are plenty of chances to drink locally. And what better excuse than National Beer Day? Check out  these five options for some delicious brews made by bonafide Rhode Islanders:

Ragged Island

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Ragged Island may be the newest brewery to the scene, but that doesn’t mean it doesn’t pack a punch. Although there’s an ever-changing selection of beers, there are often a couple of IPAs on tap for hopheads. Their TwoTree and TwoTree Mosaic are a couple of the more popular IPAs, with bright citrusy notes and plenty of body. For residents of East Bay, this might be your closest option for local brews. Open Fri. 4-8 p.m. and Sat. 1-6 p.m.


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For a brewery that’s embraced its local roots, look no further than Foolproof. With beers with names like  Backyahd, there’s no forgetting Foolproof is Rhody born and bred. They also have a number of other beers with local inspiration, such as the Shuckolate, which incorporates the ever popular oyster into a chocolate stout. On the lighter side of the spectrum, they’ve recently released the Grotto, and IPA with tropical, fruity flavors. Open Thurs.–Fri. 4–7 p.m. and Sat.–Sun. 1–6 p.m.

Trinity Brewhouse

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Probably the most famous brewpub in the state, Trinity Brewhouse has a handful of made-in-house beers on tap in their downstairs bar. Popular with theater-goers (as the name implies Trinity Rep is right next door) and college students, this brewpub has earned its fame for more than just its great downtown location. With rich stouts (How can you go wrong with a name like Darkness?) and extreme IPAs, beer fans of any persuasion will find a fit here. Open Sun.–Thurs.  until 1 a.m. and Fri.–Sat. until 2 a.m.

Revival and Brutopia

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Brutopia and Revival offer a double whammy of beer-filled goodness: A brewpub and brewery have combined forces to become a brew-titan. If you’re hungry, sit down at Brutopia, grab some pulled pork nachos and a pitcher of exceptional beers. Revival Brewery crafts a unique selection of beers for Brutopia, however they also offer some of their widely available classics, like the Conga IPA or White Electric Coffee Stout through the brewpub. If you’d like to see how the beer is made, head downstairs (it’s Revival’s headquarters) and sample beers in the midst of their brewing operations. Brutopia open Sun.–Thurs. at 11:30 a.m – 11 p.m and Fri.–Sat. at 11:30 a.m. – 1 a.m.

Tilted Barn Brewery

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This brewery’s farmside location is no gimmick; Tilted Barn Brewery grows its own hops (and a variety of other ingredients that they add to their brews) on the premises, which might account for why their beers have so much flavor. This is Rhode Island’s first farm brewery, although considering how spectacular the libations, it wouldn’t be surprising if a bevy of other breweries followed their lead. Open Fri. 5-8 p.m. and Sat. 1-4 p.m. Visit

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7 Activities to Spring into the Season

By Caitlyn Federico

Spring is finally here! We’ve set our clock forward, seen temperatures break fifty degrees and maybe even driven with the windows down. Not only have we entered the season, but Rhode Island has as well. All across the state, activities of every kind have begun to kick off the start of the season.

Gondola Trips

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La Gondola in Providence will open April 1 for its 2017 season. Without even leaving the state, you can experience a little bit of Venice. Whether you want a romantic evening, a night out with friends or just a unique view of the capital city, a ride in these authentic Venetian gondolas should do the trick. 1 Citizens Plaza, Providence, 421-8877,

Ghost Tours of Newport

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For those who like the spooky, hair-raising, blood-pumping version of fun, the Ghost Tours of Newport are for you. The Olde Town Ghost Tour begins this Saturday, April 1st at 8pm. This lantern-led tour through historic Newport takes you down dimly lit lanes to discover the ghosts and the haunted legends of the city. 25 Americas Cup Avenue, Newport,

Rail Explorers

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New to Rhode Island, Rail Explorers lets you experience the outdoors in a unusual way. Pedal specially designed ‘carts’, on the railroad tracks along Narragansett Bay. The ‘Northern Ramble’ track takes you by beautiful waterfront estates, the Newport Preservation Society Topiary Gardens and the Audubon Society Nature Preserve. The ‘Southern Circuit,’ starting at Portsmouth Grove Station, is set to open in July. 1 Alexander Rd., Portsmouth, 877-833-8588,

Federal Hill Culinary History Tour

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For the Italian in all of us, the Federal Hill Culinary History Tour has two tour options that any foodie would love. In the first tour option, Walter Potenza, master chef and historian, will give you a taste of Federal Hill’s history and food. You will learn culinary terminology, product information, how to shop and how to store food. During the tour, you will also be able to meet the people who make Federal Hill’s dining so special . The tour ends with a visit to the Federal Hill Heritage Center Photo Exhibit, which features images of the first Italian Immigration. The second tour option allows you to participate in a hands-on cooking class followed by lunch or dinner. The tour season will begin April 2. 286 Atwells Ave., Providence, 273-2652,

Rustic Tri View Drive-In

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Who wouldn’t love to open their trunk, snuggle into some blankets and watch a movie on a giant screen with a little fresh air? There’s no better place to kick back and watch a movie than at the Rustic Tri View Drive-In. This authentic 1950s facility has three screens with two consecutive feature films played on each. Gather a group of friends and, starting in April, watch all the newest films in the comfort of your own car. 1195 Eddie Dowling Hwy., North Smithfield, 484-5452,

C And L Stables in Goddard Park

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C and L Stables offers beachside horseback riding through eighteen miles of scenic trails in Goddard Park. Enjoy views of East Greenwich Bay while you ride. With docile horses and trails for many experience levels, it‘s a comfortable experience for everyone, even beginners. Reservations are not required but are appreciated. 1095 Ives Rd., Warwick, 886-5246,

Warzone Paintball and Airsoft

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Warzone is Rhode Island’s only outdoor paintball and airsoft field. It is home to more than thirty-five acres of land containing villages, forts, bunkers and trenches. Warzone takes parties, although you can come as an individual and join the fun. All equipment and ammo is provided for you, and there are referees to ensure you’re playing safely and by the rules. 320 Shermantown Road, Saunderstown, 228-6366,

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A Night Out in Providence

By Dana Saccoccio

If you’re looking for a night on the town, Providence has some great spots to grab a drink or dance the night away. There is no wrong way to spend your weekend, but there is a best way. Party the stress of the workweek away with our insider tips.

Hanley’s Ale House

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Hanley’s is the college student’s thirsty Thursday dream, girls eighteen plus get in for free! With Johnson and Wales University, Providence College and Rhode Island College just around the corner, you are sure to spot some campus gear. Expect great top-charting music and lots of dancing. Keep in mind, the Thursday crowd can get a little heavy. If you’re looking for a bit more room on the dance floor, check it out on a Friday or Saturday. You might have to pay a cover, but you won’t have to push through the crowds. Oh, and we can’t forget about the custom beer pong tables. Take your pong partner and play for fun, or come in on a Monday to play for cash! 52 Pine St., Providence, 861-0001.

Point Street Dueling Piano

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Another Thursday dream, but sorry kids — this one is twenty-one plus. You can’t go wrong with $4 shots, $5 drinks and no cover (Thursday nights only). There is a cover on Friday and Saturday, with a little more of an expensive menu, but the experience is definitely worth it. Two pianists battle it out on stage with whatever song you request. From “All The Small Things” by Blink-182 to “Closer” by The Chainsmokers, you are in for a night of laughing and singing. It’s a great place to go if you are celebrating a birthday! Get your friends on stage and embarrass them; we promise it is quality entertainment.  3 Davol Sq., Providence, 270-7828.

Rebel Lounge

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If you are looking to plan a bachelorette party, Rebel Lounge is just the place. Ladies night is every Friday. If you want to be a VIP, all you have to do is call ahead. With upscale decor and endless drink options, Rebel is a great place to spend your Friday or Saturday. Thursday nights are eighteen plus, but the crowd is never too wild! 50 Exchange Terrace, Providence, 228-3777.

The Whiskey Republic

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How can you go wrong with half-price apps to start your weekend? Beers are $2 on Thursdays, and Saturdays are full of night parties. Start your Sunday off right with $3 Mimosas and Bloody Marys until 3 p.m. An amazing weekend story waits at Whisky Republic. 15 Bridge St., Providence, 588-5158.

Ogie’s Trailer Park

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Trendsetters wanted! This hipster bar is a great place to take a date. Ogie’s Trailer Park’s vibe is an upscale one. You wouldn’t expect less from the creative capital. Equipped with seasonal cocktails, an outdoor picnic tables and fire pits, it’s a great place to sit and get to know someone. The food menu is full of gluten free and vegan options with countless home-style treats! 1155 Westminster St., Providence, 383-8200.


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If you are in the mood for something a bit more low key, try Thayer Street’s Kartabar. In the heart of Brown University, enjoy the Mediterranean atmosphere and an excellent martini menu. You have to try the S’mores Martini; it comes with your own personal fire right on your drink — complete with a marshmallow for toasting. The food menu has loads of options if you’d like to make your happy hour an app-y one. 284 Thayer St., Providence, 331-8111.

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A Day in Olneyville

Olneyville: We all know it’s home to the culinary masterpiece known as the NY System Wiener, but what else? Let me fill you in; there’s a lot more going on in this Providence neighborhood than meets the eye. From exciting bars to relaxing yoga studios, this place has it all. Wanna spend the day Olneyville? Here’s your guide:

Boiler House Yoga

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What better way to start your day than with a relaxing yoga session. Boiler House Yoga offers just that. The studio specializes in hot yoga, which involves temperatures around 100 degrees and meditative yoga poses. The facility has all the amenities, including a spacious lounge, a friendly staff and, most importantly, showers. Rinse off after a sweaty session and head out for the rest of your day.


Olneyville N.Y. System Wieners

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Would any trip to Olneyville be complete without some wieners? After yoga, head over to Olneyville N.Y. System Wieners and chow down on a few for lunch. This local institution has been in Olneyville since the 1930s, serving wieners covered in mustard, onions, celery salt and meat sauce. After four generations of serving up these specialized hot dogs, it’s safe to say they know their stuff.

Grin Contemporary Gallery

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After satisfying your stomach, sate your mind with some high brow art. With an ever rotating collection, the Grin Contemporary Gallery will keep you coming back for more. The artist-run gallery has had some unusual exhibits. For example, “Fantasia Colorado,” one of their past exhibits, explored fact and fiction with the story of the government’s attempt to use camels in the US Army. You never know what to expect at Grin, but it will definitely pique your interest.

La Lupita

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Time for dinner! Unpretentious but delicious — La Lupita is the quintessential Mexican joint. Grab a burrito, huaraches and a couple of cervezas. If you like your food spicy, the restaurant has a range of salsa, from mild to mouth-numbingly hot. Your search for some authentic Mexican food is over.

The Shelter

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Pinball, Pac-Man and pilsners, what more could you want? After dinner, head over to the Shelter Arcade Bar, a fully functioning arcade equipped with a cozy bar. Play classics like Galaga and Frogger or try out one of their many pinball machines — they cover themes from Lord of the Rings to “South Park.” Try an arcade themed cocktail or one of the many craft beers.


Courtesy of Justine’s Facebook

The speakeasy is seeing a resurgence in popularity in the last couple of years, and Justine’s is Providence’s own take on the hidden bar. Round off the night with some laid-back (if hard to find) drinks. Walk past the mannequins clad in scanty underwear (the bar is disguised as a lingerie shop), and step beyond the black curtain into this classy joint. Exposed brick, tasteful decor and delicious cocktails make this watering hole worth the search. Sit back, relax and reflect on your fun-filled day in Olneyville.



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Fish and Chips: Your Picks

We took a handful of your favorite places for fish and chips and sifted through them for the most popular. The pattern: it seems pizzerias often make some mean seafood. Who knew? Anyways, here are ten of the best fish-and-chipperies according to you:

Arcadia Pizza

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Served only on Fridays, Arcadia’s fish are guaranteed fresh. You can also try some of their tasty pizzas: Try the prosciutto and arugula.

George’s of Galilee

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With fresh native flounder (or haddock if you’d prefer), these fish and chips are prepared with traditional English batter.

Lil and Gene’s Restaurant

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This restaurant has been in the family for three generations, and it seems that the ol’ family recipe for F n’ C is a good one. (more…)

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Where to Feast on Fish and Chips

This week marks two things: the beginning of Lent and (on a related note) the start of fish and chip season! Whether you’re devoutly religious or not, everyone can enjoy a good plate of this seafood classic. Here are six places to get your fix:

Ye Olde Fish and Chips

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One of the oldest chip shops in the state, Ye Olde Fish and Chips has been around for five generations, and their spectacular batter recipe has remained unchanged. This Woonsocket favorite was founded in the 20s by Yorkshire natives Harry and Ethel Sowden. You’re not going to get any more authentic than this!

Scituate Fire Department

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Otherwise devoted to quelling uncontrolled fires in all forms, come Lent, the Scituate Fire Department also plays host to a fish and chips fundraiser every Friday. Sit in the station while you wait for your meal to be fried up, and admire the blaze-fighting gear lining the walls.

Buttonwoods 416

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They may offer breakfast, but it’s the seafood that really stands out. Whether you try the fish sandwich, the fried smelts or the seafood platter, you’re going to taste the best that the ocean has to offer. With a light, subtle batter and a perfectly cooked fish fillet, F n’ C never tasted so good.

Stadium Fish and Chips

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You can get all your seafood staples at Stadium Fish and Chips, from lobster rolls to bay scallops. Wondering about the name? They’re located behind Stebbins Stadium, which is home to several athletic fields and high school sports teams. Grab a bite to eat after a game.

Iggy’s Doughboys and Chowder House

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We all knew this seafood paragon did chowdah and clam cakes (and doughboys for dessert of course), but it also cooks up some mean fish and chips. Enjoy your meal near Oakland Beach if you visit the Warwick location, or experience their new and improved Narragansett location, just a stone’s throw from the ocean.

Amaral’s Fish and Chips

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You’re going to find some great fish and chips at Amaral’s, but they also have a sizable selection of Portuguese inspired dishes. The Portuguese sweet bread, which is served Wednesday through Friday, is in such high demand that customers may want to reserve theirs ahead of time. Also try their chourico grinder or acclaimed stuffies.

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Strolling Down Main Street: A Day in East Greenwich

With the warm days of spring almost upon us, why not head to waterfront East Greenwich and bask in the sun, shop around and enjoy some great meals. We’ve outlined the perfect day along the town’s Main Street.

Dante’s Kitchen

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You can’t beat a Southern breakfast, so why not have a bite at Dante’s Kitchen to begin your day. Looking for something hearty? Go for the pulled pork hash — with slow-roasted pulled pork served over home fries, poached eggs and buttermilk biscuits, you can’t go wrong. Want something lighter? The harvest veggie fritter with pecan sauce and dressed greens is a great option.

East Greenwich Free Library

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What better way to digest breakfast than with a good book? Head to the East Greenwich Free Library to pick up some great reads. Up the hill from Dante’s (so you’ll burn off some recently consumed calories), this stone edifice is worth the mini hike. When you arrive, the narrow windows, arched doorways and stony grandeur of the building may make it look like something out of the Middle Ages, but the interior is quite modern (don’t worry, no violent knights here).

Main Street Coffee

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Is it already time to eat again? Have lunch at Main Street Coffee, an East Greenwich staple. Inspired by the cafe-bars of Europe, where coffee, alcohol and homey meals are served together, Main Street Coffee offers food and coffee concoctions at one bar and cocktails and wine at the attached Toscana Lounge.  From a light spring salad and espresso to the hearty Italian panini and thin mint martini, they’ve got something for every appetite.

Troll Shop

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If you’re feeling a bit goofy from a couple of lunchtime drinks, engage your silly side by visiting the Troll Shop. The name does not deceive — this shop sells a variety of troll figurines, images, dolls and more to fans of the mythological critter. There’s also a whole lot more for sale if you have more conventional tastes, from charming jewelry to fashionable decor.


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Drop your newfound collection of troll paraphernalia off at the car before heading out to dinner. Just down the street, pop into Rasa, one of the state’s best Indian restaurants. Enjoy some tandoori chicken or lamb keema mattar. If you’re a vegetarian (or you’re not in the mood for meat), they have plenty of options, from roasted eggplant to artichoke, pineapple and veggie korma.

Greenwich Odeum

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After a delicious meal, watch a show at the Greenwich Odeum. This historic building was built in 1926 as a vaudeville theater; it was closed several times in its almost century-long history but is now a thriving performance space. It hosts a variety of shows from stand-up comedians to high-energy concerts.

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